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Pittsburgh Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Firearm

July 15, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, July 15, 2010, that Youa Vue, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal firearm laws.

Vue, age 34, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller advised the court that Vue knowingly possessed a firearm on July 30, 2008, after having been convicted of a felony crime punishable by imprisonment for a term greater than one year.  Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to possess a firearm.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for September 22, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Violent Crime and Firearm Task Force, and the Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Vue.

According to Mr. Cessar, this case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

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